Monday, October 30, 2006

Dan Seals Partisans Attempt Google Bombing Aimed at Independent Republican Congressman Mark Kirk

This isn't a political blog, but it's a week and a half before the election, and most of us are busy figuring out what we want to do come election day. In fact, I'm pretty proud of myself. For several days now, I have been avoiding those pesky animal posts which seem to have plagued me most of October. But I digress.

If you have been following the Mark Kirk - Dan Seals contest in the 10th Congressional District of Illinois, you'll be struck by the charges on Democrat blogs that incumbent Mark Kirk has no thoughts other than those of the administration. That's a lie. You would think that the the Democrats would be happy enough pushing their tired old agenda which continues to fascinate them, rather than focusing on the opponent. I mean, if you're all about isolationist America, higher taxes, and the road to socialized medicine, why would you ever vote Republican?

By now you're wondering if I have any point at all to make, so without further ado, I share today's interesting finds, both about the upcoming election. The first is about "Google Bombing" by the Democrats, a concerted effort to try to influence search engines in favor of their party and their candidate. I wondered why in my Internet travels in search of election wisdom I saw so many blog posts about what articles to link to in your blog and precisely how to do it. Now I know and you can read about it for yourself here, here, here and here. The second find is that Mark Kirk is a pretty independent Congress guy, ranking 208 out of 245 members of Congress in loyalty according to the non-partisan Hill Monitor. (Hat tip: Marathon Pundit )

P.S. I have a very good pumpkin picture that I have repeatedly tried to upload but doesn't show. So if about 6 pictures mysteriously show up at the top of this blog, please don't think I've been partaking of Christmas spirits long before the season . . .

Update: Further research has revealed the diabolical plan:

* Step One: With help form readers at Dailykos and MyDD, I will compile a list of seventy article, one for each targeted race. Every article will focus on a different Republican candidate, and will be written by as generally trusted a news source as possible. It will also present as unflattering a view on the Republican candidate as possible. All of these articles will be placed into a database that I will maintain with the help of willing volunteers.

*Step Two: Once the database is complete, BlogPac will purchase Google Adwords that will place each negative article on the most common searches for each Republican candidate. Simultaneously, I will produce an article on MyDD that embeds that negative article into a hyperlink that names the Republican candidate. I will then send a copy of that post out to as many bloggers as possible, who can also place the post on their blogs. One posting of this article will be enough.

* Step Three: All further discussion of the Republican candidates in question on all participating blogs should include an embedded hyperlink that will increase the Google search rank of the article on the given candidate.

It's not surprising that the "negative link" for Congressman Kirk is local CBS news. Ah yes, CBS news, that trusted, non-partisan source when it comes to elections; yeah. Oh, and the list of sites.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better to Google bomb than to tamper with voting machines like the GOP loves to do ...

Oct 29, 2006, 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

In Cook County, election fraud has long been a Democrat specialty. The old guys can tell you how they did it way back with the voting machines. I've heard a few tales myself, and they weren't from Republicans.

Oct 30, 2006, 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous IL-10 Democrat said...

Well, today must be a bad day for you. The last poll that was just released, shows for the 1st time Seals ahead in the race. Here is the link. Sorry, but it looks that IL-10 will elect a democratic congressman at the end. Dan Seals will be a great congressman.

Oct 30, 2006, 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Oct 30, 2006, 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Geez, il-10 democrat, when I read the link it says:
All in all, it appears that Kirk has the advantage in this race. Indeed, an examination of the “raw scores” on our list shows that there is a sizeable jump between the #7 and #8 spots. This is probably the first spot in our list of incumbent-held Republican districts where it is fair to say that the GOP has an advantage.

Oct 31, 2006, 3:04:00 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

I think John Kerry figured out how to lose 2006 for us too.

Nov 1, 2006, 2:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Dan Seals is so very liberal, why is there is a group of Republicans on the North Shore called "Republicans for Seals?' This group is so active, they have hosted more than one fundraising event for Dan over the last three months.

I went to one of them. The event was at a lovely home in Winnetka. The man who introduced Dan was a life long Republican who, having observed the course of the Kirk/Bush administration, has decided to support Dan Seals now.

Dan spoke to the group and then, as is his custom, opened the floor to questions from the audience. Dan answered every question, and at the end, people embraced him.

Dan appeals to people of both parties, and he represents a chance for this country to get beyond the partisan rancor that has divided us over the last 6 years.

I'm going to join my friends in "Republicans for Seals" and vote for Dan Seals for Congress!

Nov 2, 2006, 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger Publia said...

Dear Anonymous:
Party identification doesn't mean much on the North Shore and that's why all local elections don't use party labels. There has been a lot of party realignment which started in the days of Ronald Regan. That realignment has meant that many people have switched parties to accomodate those changes. Some people have never switched parties, so your Winnetka observation results from that.

This campaign in about issues, not party identity. Republicans who chose their original party identification based on the fact that the Republicans had an extremely liberal wing prior to realignment often prefer Democratic candidates. That's a fact here.

Dan Seals' website shows that he is in agreement with the Democrats, and not independent. People tend to know where they stand on the issues, but, hey, this is America where people can call themselves what they wish and work for people in whatever party they choose.

I might add that the partisan rancor is largely the doing of the Democrats, so it is not surprising that people would prefer to be known as Republicans, no matter how they vote.

Nov 2, 2006, 8:01:00 PM  
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